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What makes AirBourne FTM unique?

AirBourne FTM is unique! Unique because it’s fully integrated, multi-functional, it is very easy to navigate and to maintain, and it’s very affordable! A combination of qualities very few systems can claim. But to be clear, AirBourne FTM is not MRO software, it is Continuing Airworthiness and Maintenance Management software created for Operators to manage their Engineering and Maintenance operations.

In what way is AirBourne simple to use?

We took an iPhone view when we designed the system! A complex, multi-functional piece of machinery made very intuitive and simple to use! Believing that systems fall down when they are difficult or complex to maintain, we set out to process and simplify the system’s maintenance. By aligning system maintenance with the users own operations we have reduced their workload. By integrating the systems, we have eliminated multiple entry transactions and by simplifying the navigation and use of the system we have reduced its dependence on high skills, 80% of this systems’ maintenance can be performed by an Administration Assistant!

AirBourne is billed as Fleet Technical Management (FTM) software. What functions does it perform in FTM?

AirBourne FTM It is actually 5 fully integrated systems:

  • Continuing Airworthiness – tracking, control and total visibility of each aircraft’s mandatory items and airworthiness status.
  • Maintenance Planning – tools to forecast future maintenance requirements, to define workscopes and materials requirements and to create the workpacks for the performance of work.
  • Technical Records – electronic archiving capability, to capture, store and provide the Dirty Fingerprint behind each task performed,
  • Inventory Management – for the inspection, control, testing and calibration, issue and return of materials and tooling used by the Operator.
  • Purchase Ordering – to document, control and track the purchases and costs to the operation.

In one interactive package where each system informs the other systems for example, the Purchase Ordering system will inform the MEL tracking function within the Continuing Airworthiness system when the part is due to arrive! If there is a conflict i.e. the part is due to arrive after the MEL expires, the system will highlight the conflict in the reports and automatically send an email to whoever needs to know!

How do you deploy the system?

AirBourne FTM is located on a cloud server provided by a leading UK cloud service provider. This provides high levels of data security, infinite scalability, bags of redundancy, standby power systems, off site data back-up and world-wide connectivity via the internet.

Being on a cloud means anyone with the right permission can access the system to read it, update it, to download from it from anywhere in the world. Station Engineers down route, CAM’s from the office, Maintenance Managers from home at the weekend! There’s no need for any internal IT infrastructure, all they need is a PC and an internet connection to get full access to everything.

It is a ‘live’ system, as soon as a transaction is ‘saved’, the system is updated for all to see! Some reports which may remain open all day such the Aircraft Daily Status report in MCC are automatically refreshed every 5 minutes to show the new status at all times!

How many users are able to logon to the system?

An unlimited number of users! The license agreement does not limited or charge by the number of users. It is licensed by aircraft not by users! The system is designed to accommodate as many persons as necessary to be in the system updating at any one time!

How easy is it to implement?

Implementation can be carried out by the Operators themselves if they have the resources. It is an easy system to navigate so it’s not a skill issue, but there can be up to 250,000 datasets to load per aircraft (typical for B737/A320), which can be daunting and will require significant resources. Alternatively any CAMO may load the system on behalf of the Operator. This sometimes is a more pragmatic solution as it doesn’t impinge on the Operator’s own resources and employs subject matter experts to commission the system which should translate into a faster and a more robust transition.

Typically it takes a practiced CAMO or similar group around 3 – 4 weeks (depending on the quality of the data available) to manually key in all the necessary aircraft ‘airworthiness’ information, test and activate the system. We don’t recommend migrating data unless the operator is absolutely sure the data is clean and error free, (rubbish in, rubbish out)! – Date formats for example, are different in the US to Europe, depending where the aircraft has operated in its past, records may have both but if you don’t agree on YOUR date format, LDND status reports can be misrepresented and lead to significant errors as migrating data electronically will NOT be able to differentiate a US date format from a European date format! By manually keying in data it allows the operator/user to validate data before entry.

Does the system satisfy IOSA requirements?

AirBourne FTM helps Operators satisfy up to 50% of Section 4 (MNT) IOSA ISARPS by demonstrating the controls, visibility and record keeping required by IOSA ISARPS and EASA’s Third Country Operations (TCO). The remaining 50% are linked to the operator’s own procedures and training.

Who is the system designed for?

The system is designed and priced to replace spread-sheets and Access data management systems prevalent in small airline operations. However in today’s highly regulated and complex environment, multiple spreadsheets and the excessive but unavoidable need for continual manual intervention and corrections in such systems is just not a reliable enough method for ensuring data integrity and in providing the necessary visibility and control of the aircraft’s Airworthiness condition. Not properly maintaining an aircraft’s technical compliance with requirements and accurately recording its maintenance activity can quickly lead to grounding an aircraft or the airline’s fleet and possibly costly fines.

AirBourne provides an easy to use CAMO system which is affordable to all operators large and small.